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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Historic UN Paris Agreement
By Desi Doyen on 12/15/2015, 11:33am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Green News Report Special Coverage: United Nations climate talks in Paris (COP21) result in an historic agreement for the planet and human civilization, in hopes of meeting the challenge of climate change... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Paris Climate Pact Sinks Coal Stocks, Lifts Renewable Energy; She’s Braved Rough Seas, Space Walks --- and Now Climate Change Deniers; Food Industry Pushing Halt To GMO Labeling By End of Year; The Siege of Miami: rising sea levels; E.P.A. Broke Law With Social Media Push for Water Rule; Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves... PLUS: 33,480 Americans Dead After 70 Years of Atomic Weaponry... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves (AP) [emphasis added]:
    Pervasive human trafficking has helped turn Thailand into one of the world's biggest shrimp providers. Despite repeated promises by businesses and government to clean up the country's $7 billion seafood export industry, an Associated Press investigation has found shrimp peeled by modern-day slaves is reaching the U.S., Europe and Asia.
  • Breitbart News: Go-To Outlet For "Academics-For-Hire" By The Fossil Fuel Industry? (Media Matters):
    A professor who was caught agreeing to hide the oil funding behind a climate denial research paper named Breitbart News as a media outlet that could "likely help" publicize the research, according to emails unearthed as part of an undercover investigation by Greenpeace....[N]ow that Greenpeace has exposed Happer's ethically dubious actions, Breitbart News is defending Happer's behavior as "morally and scientifically unimpeachable."
  • Paris Climate Pact Sinks Coal Stocks, Lifts Renewable Energy (Reuters):
    A landmark deal to curb global warming dented shares of fossil fuel companies and lifted renewable energy stocks on Monday, although some price swings were muted by the non-binding nature of the pact.
  • E.P.A. Broke Law With Social Media Push for Water Rule, Auditor Finds (NY Times):
    The Environmental Protection Agency engaged in 'covert propaganda' and violated federal law when it blitzed social media to urge the public to back an Obama administration rule intended to better protect the nation’s streams and surface waters, congressional auditors have concluded.
  • The Siege of Miami: "As temperatures climb, so, too, will sea levels." (The New Yorker)
  • AP Interview: Fukushima Chief Says 'No Textbook' for Cleanup (AP):
    The man leading the daunting task of dealing with the Fukushima nuclear plant that sank into meltdowns in northeastern Japan warns with surprising candor: Nothing can be promised.
  • Feds Acknowledge Radiation, Chemicals Likely Killed 396 in Idaho (Idaho Statesman):
    Jim Delmore came to the lab he ran at the Idaho National Laboratory on Nov. 13, 1972, to find it roped off from entry because of a plutonium contamination.
  • She’s Braved Rough Seas, Space Walks --- and Now Climate Change Deniers (Washington Post):
    Kathryn Sullivan has helped U.S. Navy sailors navigate — literally — through rough seas as an oceanographer in the Navy Reserves. As a NASA astronaut, she’s walked in space, the first American woman to step outside a spacecraft, 140 miles above Earth. These challenges are a world apart from what she’s now confronting in Washington as she leads an agency of federal scientists in the crosshairs of a powerful member of Congress.
  • Food Industry Pushing Halt To GMO Labeling By End of Year (AP):
    Food companies are mounting an aggressive year-end push to head off mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • 33,480 Americans Dead After 70 Years of Atomic Weaponry (McClatchy):
    'Irradiated,' a special report published today by McClatchy, offers an unprecedented look at the costs of war and the risks of a strong defense, using federal records to chronicle the deaths of at least 33,480 nuclear workers who helped the U.S. win World War II and the Cold War.


FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth, From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):
    But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
  • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
    Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years: